What I've come to learn is that our greatest asset when it comes to wealth is our minds. Understanding how to invest, how to grow assets, how to manage personal finances, and how to change daily spending habits isn’t out of reach for those of us who didn’t grow up with this information. It takes time and focused effort, but there are loads of books and classes that teach this information. Regardless of where you start, you can always invest in our greatest asset: your mind!
This past year (my first year as a parent) has taught me just how valuable time is. I’ve learned how important it is to streamline mundane necessities (like grocery shopping) to limit decision fatigue and increase both my overall level of productivity and also my feelings of joy & pleasure. Making 1 decision that makes 1,000 other decisions in the week saves so much energy. The reward here is more time & energy to focus on what I deem essential. These days that means time with my partner & baby, time spent resting, and time spent creating.
- Set a weekly shopping & food/meal prep day
- Created a defined and clear schedule that’s always open to negotiation if someone isn’t feeling like their needs are met fully
- Created a family color palette which determines how we buy everything from clothing to housewares. (our palette is a warm mustard yellow (our core color), rust, soft peachy pink, cream, emerald, and a soft minty green)
- Created family mottos thathelps us prioritize our choices based on our values. Our current 2 mottos are: ‘create more than you consume,’ and ‘value experiences & people over products.’
A little investment in creating systems upfront has saved us a ton of energy and it gives us what we value most: time together.
All my life I resisted consistency & structure. I wanted to be spontaneous and adventurous and I was convinced that structure & adventure couldn’t coexist. For years I lived with nothing more than a few backpacks worth of stuff to my name and a temporary address that usually belonged to a friend. I carried my roots in my arms and thought I was thriving when really I was barely surviving. It’s only with perspective now that I can see how difficult life was without a sense of stability.
Now, I’ve built a structure around my life that honors my needs, my goals, and allows me to sink deeper into my days. With the structure of my schedule creating a stable foundation beneath me, I’m able to create more with a greater sense of impact. I’ve learned that consistency is not the death of adventure, it’s actually the birthplace of a healthy & sustainable creative life.